BUFFALO, NY - The UB offense rapped out 13 hits, a season high for the Bulls at Amherst Audubon Field, and won a 10-6 game over Niagara Tuesday evening. Brent Cleland earned his first career win on the mound, and eight different batters recorded a hit to power the team. With the win, Buffalo is now 22-18 and Niagara is 15-26.
Jimmy Topps and Nick Sinay led off the team's first inning with bunt singles, and Vinny Mallaro would convert with a one-out RBI single that scored Topps. The Bulls scored three more runs in the bottom of the second, starting with a pair of walks to Kyle Brennan and Brian Dudek. A two-out balk would score Brennan, and Sinay drove in Dudek with a single to left field. A Niagara error would bring in another run to make it a 4-0 UB advantage.
Another Niagara error in the third would score a run in the third, and Brennan notched an RBI single after smoking a ground ball off the first baseman in the bottom of the fifth to build the early 6-0 lead. The Purple Eagles would finally get to Cleland in the sixth, but not before the freshman righty put together another commanding start.
He faced just three batters over the minimum from the second to the fifth innings, striking out six batters along the way. In his last two starts in midweek games, he has allowed two runs, four hits and 12 strikeouts in 10.2 innings pitched.
After allowing the Eagles to cut the lead to 6-2 after the top of the sixth, the UB offense answered back in a big way in the home half to put the lead out of reach. Topps and Sinay again would start things off with singles, and a Niagara error on the Sinay single would put them both in scoring position for Tyler Mautner. The standout first baseman drove them both in with a single, and the Bulls would add two more on a passed ball and RBI double from freshman Chris Kwitzer for the final 10-run tally.
Topps, Sinay, Mallaro and Kwitzer all had multi-hit games for UB and the team's top two batters would score two times apiece. In the UB bullpen, Dan Ginader and Brandon Bentley threw scoreless innings of relief and Tyler Wilson closed out the ninth.
The two teams will be back at it tomorrow afternoon, moving the events to Niagara. There will be two seven-inning games planned to start at 2 pm, weather permitting.